Crystal Palace’s pursuit of West Brom striker Saido Berahino could be about to come to an end, after news surfaced this morning of a fresh offer for his services from Stoke City.
Whilst Alan Pardew’s obvious first choice has always been Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, the various hurdles put in our way by both the Reds and the Belgian’s own personal representation have seemingly caused our interest in him to cool over the last week or so.
Understandably, given the pressing need to secure a new striker ahead the resumption of Premier League football in mid-August, a move for Berahino was then placed instead, but it seems as though we’ve found a similar level of resistance from The Hawthorns when attempting to push through a deal.
Having gone over the top of the Potters’ initial bid when offering £17 million + a rumoured £3 million in add-ons last Friday, this morning’s papers are claiming that Mark Hughes and co. have returned with an even more lucrative offer in the hope of finally persuading the notoriously difficult West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace to play ball over an official sale.
Although we are yet to hear anything from Berahino himself after a high-profile outburst which landed him in hot water last season, there are suggestions in the press that The Bet365 Stadium is his preferred destination ahead of the new campaign, regardless of the fact that Palace are believed to have put forward a more lucrative weekly wage packet than Stoke during informal discussions with his agent over a possible contract.
As always, the summer brings with it all manner of transfer whispers and intrigue, but the above article could signal the end of the uncertainly surrounding Berahino’s immediate future at least.
Where we go from here is anyone’s guess.